Preparation for Ban on Import of Set-Top Boxes

After color television, the government can now ban the Import of Set-Top Boxes (STBs). The Ministry of Commerce and Industry has also consulted in this regard. These days, STB is being imported into India from China via Vietnam and Thailand.

According to sources, the Ministry recently agreed to ban the Import of set-top boxes including television. According to ministry sources, the item which can be easily produced in the country, or which was being produced in the past. The government can ban the import of those items.

These days the government is trying its best to start manufacturing electronics items at the domestic level. This will reduce employment in the country as well as an increase in employment. The government can ban the import of those items. These days the government is trying its best to start manufacturing electronics items at the domestic level.

This will reduce unemployment in the country as well as an increase in employment STBs are produced in India, but their imports are cheaper. Government in the year 2017 to discourage the import of STBs domestically, a duty of 20 percent was imposed, but after that, the same STBs started coming in the way of Vietnam and Thailand instead of importing directly from China.

India has a Free Trade Agreement (FTA) with Vietnam and Thailand. Because of this, Chinese STBs from these two countries incur very low fees. At the same time, Vietnam also has an FTA with China. According to Vinod Sharma, chairman of the ICC Manufacturing Committee of industry organization CII.

 Last year, India imported 22 millions STBs. He informed that India imports set-top boxes worth Rs 3,500 crore annually. The demand for STBs is continuously increasing given the increase in cable TV and DTH service. According to Sharma, earlier television was also assembled in India, but now the assembling is also completely closed.

This is the reason why the government banned the import of TV sets. The television business in India is worth Rs 15,000 crore. Of these, 36 percent were coming from China and other countries of South Asia